While Cowles Media still holds the license for KCOY-TV and controls general management, programming and sales, [News-Press & Gazette] picked up about everything else, including equipment, buildings and about 30 employees.
KEYT has retained KCOY’s news operations and is hiring a half-dozen new reporters, anchors and producers in anticipation of a significant change — separating the news operations in Santa Maria and Salinas within the next six months.
For the past two years or so, KCOY reporters in Santa Maria have been sending all news content up to Cowles’ Salinas facility, whose staff has produced two different newscasts for each coverage area. “We’re not going to continue that model,” [KEYT general manager Mark] Danielson said. “To serve our viewers, we have to focus on local news.”
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News Press & Gazette Company has announced the purchase of Salinas-Monterey, CA, stations KION (CBS) and KMUV (Telemundo) along with San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA, FOX affiliate KKFX from Cowles Media.
Cowles and News Press & Gazette have also entered into a shared services agreement for KCOY, the Santa Maria CBS affiliate. Under the terms NPGCo will provide news, back office, engineering and sales support services while Cowles will provide general management, programming and sales management services.
The transactions are expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 and are subject to FCC approval.
Hawkins has been with KCBS-KCAL since 2008. His last day is Friday and he’s set to start at WCCB at the end of the month.
Before joining KCBS-KCAL, Hawkins worked at WFTV in Orlando, KXLY in Spokane, and KCOY in Santa Barbara.
Hawkins will anchor WCCB’s weekend evening newscasts.
“I’m really excited to join the team at Fox Charlotte,” Hawkins said.
A KCOY station source says the layoffs, which all came from the news division, were part of a “re-structuring.” The layoffs — which included photographers, directors and producers as well as Byrne and Roose — were announced yesterday.
Byrne has worked at KCOY since 1999 and has been chief meteorologist since 2002. Roose, who began as a video editor at the station, joined in 2005.
“I am very excited to be joining the WFTV team, a powerhouse station lead by news legend Bob Jordan and Matt Parcell,” Brown told TVSpy today via email. “I start October 31st as a general assignment reporter, with a personal goal of digging up government corruption and waste.”
A USC alum, Brown began her broadcasting career at KCOY on California’s Central Coast and she says that she’s looking forward to seeing palm trees again.
Summer vacation is over for KSBY morning anchor Richard Gearhart. The veteran anchor, who helms the morning hours at the central California NBC affiliate, has been named an associate professor of journalism at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University.
Gearhart — who has been with KSBY since 1990 — will continue to anchor the station’s morning show. He will coordinate the journalism department’s broadcast concentration, which includes both a TV and radio station.
“I hope my experience and involvement in a rapidly changing industry can help guide the students and the department as they transition to a new era in mass media,” Gearhart, who has been teaching agricultural communication at the university since 2006, said in a statement. Read more
After spending the majority of his career at the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo, KSBY, Tony Cipolla has been hired as an anchor at the market’s CBS affiliate, KCOY. He will anchor the morning broadcast alongside Sara Cole.
Cipolla left KSBY after 20 years last spring, claiming station management had offered to renew his contract only if he accepted a 40 percent pay cut. When he left KSBY, he said he was in talks with KCOY; when asked by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, station general manager Kevin Harlan said negotiations have been going on “for a while,” but refused to be more specific.
Cipolla has been teaching journalism at the California Polytechnic State University for the past year. He told the San Luis Obispo Tribune he intends to take advantage of his free afternoons by continuing to teach.
“I love the opportunity to mentor young minds, and I really thrive on seeing the next generation of journalists coming through,” Cipolla said. “It’s so neat to have a classroom of students; you can tell the ones who, wow, get it.”